|The cultivar, 'Tabasco' is a very hot pepper that turns from green to yellow at maturity. It is an heirloom pepper which takes its name from a Mexican city where, in fact, the pepper is not grown. This variety is best suited to the South or Southwest.
C. frutescens, in cooler climates, can be grown successfully in pots. The 4' tall plants branch vigorously upwards, and yield heavily of 1.5" pods. The pods ripen from green to yellow, to orange, and finally to red when fully ripe. When selecting varieties, it is important that you look for a variety that has TM in the name or that is specified as being tobacco mosaic resistant.